It has been a while since we’ve had any new material from Roger Waters but today I discovered his latest album – Is This The Life We Really Want? – and I have to say I am quite impressed. I was beginning to think the old guy was past his sell by date but no, his new album is growing on me with every listen. Perhaps my favourite track at the moment is “Wait For Her” a real emotional gemstone.
The new album closes with three love songs. The lyrics for the first of them, “Wait for Her,” were inspired by an English translation of “Lesson from the Kama Sutra” by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Roger has said of the closing trio of songs: “They’re romantic, certainly. They’re about different kinds of love. They’re erotic, partly. The embodiment of the female. But it’s also about the transcendental nature of love. Love, if we’re lucky enough to be exposed to it and brave enough to embrace it, can transcend us from the mundane to the sublime.”
The closing three-song mini-suite was inspired by a past relationship. “I had a love affair a couple of years ago,” Roger told Mojo earlier this year, “which was very short lived but very passionate and that kicked me to a different place. So that was the idea that love could be transcendentally experienced and you can dispense with a lot of negative aspects if you’re prepared to embrace love. Whether it’s love for a woman or for liberty, or empathy for a little girl, it’s hugely important.”
The video was made by Sean Evans, who told Rolling Stone magazine: “When Roger wrote this song, his adaptation of the poem took on a sensual yet melancholy tone, and the video needed to represent that. It needed to show femininity and sexuality but also needed to have an air of loss and pain, and longing for a time that was.”
As for the dancer’s scar in the video, Evans said, “That mark was important to the video – it is a symbol of the physical torment refugees endure.” The scar, like the lyrics on the album is symbolic of the tragic death of three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi, a refugee whose body washed up on a Turkish shore in September 2015.
Evans also told Rolling Stone that he and Waters have ideas for further chapters in the story…
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